The 5am Club

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While the other guy is sleeping, I’m working.

– Will Smith

Dear Jack ~ It’s 4:48am and I can’t sleep.  Not because I’m restless, bored or hungry but because I have a burning passion that won’t allow my eyelids to close.  I’m a progress addict.  Right now is when the other guy is sleeping, the sun has considered rising, and greatness is made.  World class performers rise early.  They can’t help it.  They have an agenda that more than likely was made the night before.

If it has to happen, it has to happen first.  That’s what Laura Vanderkam wrote in her now infamous book, What Successful People Do Before Breakfast.  Here’s the gist:

What elite men and women do before 8am:

1.  They wake up early; Before the sun.

2.  They exercise; Sweat once a day and you’ll have vitality for life.  Remember, nothing tastes as good as fit and healthy feel.

3.  They work on a personal passion project; This is mine.

4.  They spend quality time with family; Ask questions, look them in the eye.

5.  They connect with their spouses; See above.

6.  They meditate to clear their minds; Get quite, sit in a special chair, silence is golden.

7.  They construct a gratitude journal; Proven to increase your levels of happiness.  Carry it with you everywhere.

There is your recipe for almost certain success.  Follow these simple guidelines and you’ll be in the top 1% of the top 1%.  And if, by chance, you need further proof positive on waking early, don’t forget what ole’ Ben said about early to bed and early to rise…


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